Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe

From Porsche press: The fabled wide-body, four-wheel-drive version Porsche 911 returns for the 2006 model year in the guise of the 911 Carrera 4 and the even more powerful 911 Carrera 4S.

Both feature flared wheel arches to accommodate a widened track, larger wheels and tires and four-wheel-drive powertrains that give the venerable Porsche 911 additional dimensions of dynamic stability, especially in inclement weather conditions.

The four-wheel-drive versions of the Porsche 911 Carrera are nearly two inches (1.73 inches or 44 mm) wider than their two-wheel-drive counterparts. This extra width is needed to cover the wheels that are part of the enhanced four-wheel drive system.

On the 2006 Porsche 911 Carrera 4, front wheels are eight inches wide by 18 inches in diameter and wear 235/40 Z-rated tires, while the rear wheels are 11 inches wide, again 18 inches in diameter and shod with 295/35-aspect Z-rated tires.

With its 325-horsepower 3.6-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine, the 2006 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 is capable of accelerating from a standing start to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 4.9 seconds and reaches 99 mph (160 km/h) in 11.2 seconds. Top speed on the test track for this car is 174 mph (280 km/h). When equipped with the optional Tiptronic S automatic transmission, the 911 Carrera 4 Coupe accelerates to 60 mph and 96 km/h in 5.3 seconds and reaches 99 mph and 160 km/h in 12.2 seconds. Top track speed is still an impressive 171 mph (275 km/h).

But like all Porsches, the four-wheel-drive Coupes provide balanced dynamic control, with turning and braking capabilities just as impressive as the figures on the speedometer.

Gallery: Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe